Once in a while Twitter users will come up with a hashtag that reflects so many people's everyday lives.
On Tuesday, Mic.com notes, Asians across the Twitter world took up the hashtag #BeingAsian to highlight some of the hilarious truths about having an Asian background and some of the daily struggles people of colour have to face in North America.
The hashtag was first tweeted by 17-year-old Michael Tarui, a Twitter user behind the @AsianAdvocacy Twitter page, and originally started in a group chat, NBC reports.
I'm in a group chat and we've decided we should start a conversation of what it's like #BeingAsian and the racism that comes with it.— ️ (@AsianAdvocacy) June 28, 2016
Tarui wanted to discuss the racism that comes with being Asian on a larger scale. Soon, people began to share their own experiences, both funny and upsetting.
"Confronting issues such as the racism we face and the internalized racism it has caused in many of us is important as it helps us move forward ... We also believed it was important we discussed the issues highly prevalent in our communities such as racism against one another, colourism, and anti-blackness," Tarui told the news site in an e-mail.
The mix of tweets talk about everything from the age-old stereotype of all Asians eating dogs to Asian moms using cookie tins for sewing products to how one user said, "Asian women are over sexualized [and] seen as nothing but exotic [and] submissive while Asian men are de-sexualized [and] only seen as nerds."
Check out some of the tweets below and follow along (and add your own experiences) here.
#beingasian means i just left a debate on whether it's "that bad" to cast a white person made to "look asian." so weird that's a debate— Mallika Rao (@mallika_rao) June 29, 2016
Harmful skin bleaching products marketed to both men & women, propelled by anti-blackness/shadeism. Let's talk about this, #BeingAsian— Nagma (@_nagmak) June 29, 2016
#BeingAsian having ur peers mock the nail salon ladies accent, when she at least learned English & theyre too dumb to learn another language— alyssa (@Alythuh) June 29, 2016
#beingasian is having ppl tell u ur food smells bad, ur language sounds funny,but saying ur culture is awesome! when it fits their aesthetic— j (@rowoonstae) June 29, 2016
#BeingAsian means people trying to guess what kind of Asian you are and then spit out every ethnicity they can think of 🙄— Cherokee Princess (@zoe_dejecacion) June 29, 2016
#BeingAsian is seeing food you grew up with used in gimmicky Buzzfeed videos to gross out white people— Thu (@acciobeastmode) June 29, 2016
#BeingAsian means that you hear the word "orientalish" dropped in front of your face because people don't see you as a POC— Sydney Chin (@CuteAngryAsian) June 30, 2016
#beingasian constantly referred to as "exotic" -- dehumanizing and objectifying POC because they don't fit the anglo-saxon vision— mung-bean (@basedjensus) June 30, 2016
#BeingAsian means we must be allies to other communities of color. We must combat anti-blackness behavior within our own communities.— Rome (@JeromeAtendido) June 29, 2016
#BeingAsian calling every Filipino person your Tito, Tita, or Ate even if you're not related to them.— Shit Filipinos Do (@filipinoposts) June 29, 2016
asian grading system— denise :) (@floofyirwin) June 29, 2016
C- can't eat dinner
D- don't come home
F- find another family #BeingAsian
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